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November 2023 Minutes



WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2023 - 6:30 P.M.



Video recording of this meeting can be found at:

Meeting materials:

I. CALL TO ORDER [0:00:02]: Chair Kang called the meeting to order at 6:31 p.m. Quorum was established with ten (10) members present. Note: This 11-member Board requires six (6) members to establish a quorum and to take official Board action. Board members must be in-person or have video access.

Board Members Present: Brian Kang, James Logue, Travis Saito, Judi-Ann Smith-Kauhane, Stacey Arnold, Becky Gardner, Paul Hoe, Kelsie Aguilera, Joyce Murakami, and Jason DeMarco.

Board Members Absent: None.

Guests: Lieutenant Michael Thompson (Honolulu Police Department), Lorna Heller, Lester Fujikami (Board of Water Supply); Mark Wong (Mayor Blangiardi & Department of Information Technology); Judi-Ann Smith-Kauhane (Councilmember Say's Office); Adam Doo (Council Chair Tommy Waters' Office); Zoei Peacock (Senator Stanley Chang's Office); State Senator Les Ihara Jr.; State Representative Jackson Sayama; Eric McCutheon (Hawaii Bicycle League); Carol Hoshiko (Kapiolani Community College); Elwood, Toni Robinson, Lot Lau, Justin Murata (Residents); Jeffrey Jones (Neighborhood Commission Office). Note: Name not included if not legible or stated for the record. There were 32 total participants including those on Webex.

II. FILLING OF VACANCY [0:01:15]: There were no volunteers or nominations at this time.

Audio Issues [0:01:42 - 0:10:20]


Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) [0:10:57]: No representative present. A report was submitted, which can be found at:

Honolulu Police Department (HPD) [0:11:16]: Lieutenant Michael Thompson reported the following.

October 2023 Statistics: There were 17 motor vehicle thefts, 10 burglaries, 33 thefts, 9 unauthorized entries into motor vehicles (UEMVs), and 6,380 total calls for service.

Safety Tip: Safety tips for businesses were provided.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed [0:12:49].

Board of Water Supply (BWS) [0:14:45]: Lorna Heller reported the following.

• Water Main Breaks: There were no main breaks for October 2023.

• Announcement: 2024 Poster and Poetry Contest. The poster portion is open for kindergarten to 6th grade and the poetry portion is open for 7th to 12th grade.

IV. PUBLIC INPUT [0:16:10]:

• Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) [0:16:30]: Bryan Kimiura provided updates regarding some community issues brought up at prior meetings. These updates included the H1 guardrail on the shoulder of the Kapiolani interchange to Ainakoa Avenue entering phase 2, and the Koko Head approach of Harding to create turn lanes.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed [0:18:55].


Verizon Telecommunications Installation at Kapiolani Community College [00:20:07]: Steven Sung presented the installation of antennas on different buildings through the KCC campus to aid in cell service on campus which has been very poor. It was stated that only those with Verizon would have improved service so students and faculty alike under other service providers will not benefit from the installation.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed [0:32:41].

Speeding Issues on 16th Avenue [0:37:21]: Lukas Shield presented the speeding issues along 16th Avenue and suggested a speed decrease in the area or the installation of speed tables. He provided different photos and gave insight into different areas around the island that have already installed speed tables.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed [0:43:41].

Mau'umae Nature Park Fire Mitigation [0:53:02]: Mr. Lau presented fire mitigation efforts for Mau'umae Nature Park with the recent issues with the overgrowth. With the recent events on Maui and Mililani with the wildfire, the park has garnered a lot of attention with the potential fire hazard it has to the surrounding area.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed [1:01:17].


Kaimuki Business and Professional Association (KBPA) [1:06:41]: No representative present and no report given.

Hawaii Bicycling League - Neighborhood Bike Leader [1:06:55]: Eric McCutcheon presented around the idea of "Alt Mobility" which he referred to as less popular ways of getting around. He showed various forms of transportation including kei cars, assisted mobility scooters, electric skateboards, and various types of electric bikes. A presentation was submitted, which can be found at:

Questions, comments, and concerns followed [1:17:09].

Queen Theater Update [1:18:00]: Adoree Yu shared an update on the removal of unauthorized individuals and illicit activity prevention on and surrounding the property. She also stated that she had addressed various safety concerns that were brought to her attention.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed [1:20:38].

Kapiolani Community College (KCC) [1:27:44]: No representative present.


Mayor Rick Blangiardi's Representative [01:27:53]: Mark Wong provided the following report. Highlights and announcements were shared, which can be found at: He addressed the new traffic signal being installed outside of Kaimuki Gateway Plaza and clarified it is not a city project, the electric vehicle charger in the municipal parking lot, studies regarding 16th and Waialae Avenue protected left turn, overgrowth maintenance, the old parking meters, and discussed resources on how to get things like speed table installed.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed [1:35:32].

City Council Chair Tommy Waters [01:43:56]: Adam Doo reported updates regarding speeding with police citation counts, graffiti removal, studies to reduce the maximum speed limit, fire mitigation concerns, the Department of Planning and Permitting backlog reduction efforts, the potential HMSA fitness courts

A report was submitted, which can be found at:

Questions, comments, and concerns followed [01:50:02].

Councilmember Calvin Say (City Council District 5) [01:56:22]: Judi-Ann Smith Kauhane, provided the report. She discussed Bill 61 regarding exceptional trees, Bill 56 regarding the Commercial Property Assessment Clean Energy (CPACE) program, resources to help educate residents on how to park in their neighborhood, and illegal gambling activities.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed [01:59:30].

Governor Josh Green's Representative [2:04:26]: No representative present.

Senator Stanley Chang [02:04:34]: Intern Zoei provided the report, which can be found at:

State Senator Les Ihara, Jr. [2:06:11]: No representative present.

Representative Jackson Sayama [2:06:24]: Representative Sayama discussed upcoming committee and community meetings and answered questions from October 2023.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed [2:08:48].

Representative Bertrand Kobayashi [2:09:13]: Representative Betrand Kobayashi presented an update regarding the Little Fire Ant infestation and updates regarding the fluctuation of the general fund revenue over recent months.

United States Representative Ed Case [2:13:42]: No representative present.



Report of Planning and Zoning Committee [02:13:58]: Member DeMarco provided the date to the upcoming committee meeting, which will be held on November 23, 2023 at 5:30 p.m. in the Kaimuki Public Library Meeting Room.

Approval of October, 2023 Written Summary for Video Record [2:14:53]: October 2023 Written Summary for Video Record were approved as written.

X. REPORTS [2:15:24]: Chair Kang shared that he attended the Conference of Chairs.

XI. NEXT MEETING [2:15:46] The next Kaimuki Neighborhood Board No. 4 Regular Meeting is scheduled on Wednesday, January 17, 2024 at 6:30 p.m. at the Kaimuki Public Library meeting room and remotely via Webex.

XII. ADJOURNMENT [2:16:02] The meeting was adjourned at 8:46 p.m.

Submitted by: Jeffrey Jones, Neighborhood Assistant

Reviewed by: Naomi Hanohano, Community Relations Specialist.

Final approval by:

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